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Friday, January 28, 2011

How Sweet It Is.

Gosh, this kid is cute.

More on that in a second.

* 29 weeks*

Okay, so I'm already moving in on month 7!  Can you believe it?  I only have 10 more weeks of teaching before the due date!!  Well, here's my profile shot:

I'm feeling healthy and fairly energetic.  Well, the energy starts to wane around 5pm, but I think that'd be the case whether I was preggers or not.  Teaching 20 little first-graders is pretty crazy.  I like it, though.  I'm getting through to them, and the treasure box was a big hit!  They're able to independently follow a series of activities, which helps me get a lot of stuff done in small groups!

I'm not quite at the point where I can just leave work at work, in fact the living room has been invaded by practice workbooks and my random paperwork - sorry Mom!

Last weekend, James and I registered at Babies R Us and Target.  

We actually ended up buying a stroller because the one we loved best was on sale, and there was only one box left!  It's very cute, and very us:

We are also very open to people giving us gifts of their choice, clothing that is neutral or not, and definitely lots and lots of books.  We thought a framed picture like this one would be awesome for the nursery:

James met up with me today at Dr. Brar's office, where we had to cough up another copay for our ultrasound.  This one was definitely worth it, the shot the sonographer got us is so awesome!

Baby has a strong heart, and a big cerebellum - the printout said 64.1% in the range of development... meaning even though Baby's about 28 weeks old, the cerebellar measurement matches that of a baby who is 30 weeks old!  Yeah!  Already ahead of the curve!!  Good coordination will be a definite plus.

Right now, Baby weighs about 3lb 0oz, and is right on track.

Here's the sole of Baby's foot - it's right in the middle

You can't see all 5 toes (they're there!), but the big toe is pointing right -->.  Yeah, not the best one.  :P  I wish she had gotten a profile of the face, she had one for a cranial measurement, but didn't take a still shot of it.  I honestly don't know if we'll go back to this sonographer if we don't have to.  Seriously, it'd get too expensive.

But anyway, Baby was being a ham, and facing outward today:
Baby says, "Hello world!  I'm waving at you!!"  You can clearly see the face, right forearm, and the umbilicus - the left hand is blurry.  I love this kid so much.  *sigh*  Hi, Baby.

More next time...

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P.S.  Watch out for these bandits:

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Kickin' it Like Tae Bo

A quick update for you.

Baby likes:
*  Dancing to music - especially when Momma's worshiping at CBCMV!
*  Yummy food - but not too much, then it gets cramped
*  Daddy's singing and stories
*  Moving around regularly at 6AM, 11AM, 4PM and 11:30PM
*  Kung Fu movies and Dancing movies - and practicing the moves

Mommy likes:
*  Putting her feet up - I'm long overdue for a pedi...
*  Hugs around the belly (First graders are just the right height!)
*  Ice cream or a bowl of cereal
*  Sleeping through the night - I'm savoring every minute now!

God is glorious, and His majesty never ceases to amaze me.  He's growing this little one moment by moment, and already loves Baby so much more than I do!!  I'm 28 weeks now... meaning only 12 left!  Ack!!  The countdown begins.

(SHOUTOUT:  Happy Birthday, Amie!  We love you!)

Sunday, January 16, 2011

School's Back in Session

I was granted a transfer that I put in a few months ago, so this past week, I met my first-grade class.  It's been a roller coaster already, but I love the little ones, so this is a huge answer to prayer this school year.  PRAISE THE LORD!!!

I got the call last-last Tuesday evening, while we were packing for Solvang, and the district wanted to know if I could start the next day - but we were out of town!  So I started Monday, met my students and got teaching last Tuesday!  The first day was rough, but it's progressively been getting better.  The kiddos are still getting used to me, and I'm trying to set up the procedures in class.

By the end of the week, I was very pleased with how the room looks.  Here's a glimpse into room A8...

This is how it looks from right inside the door:

This is our carpet area:
 Here's our calendar/math wall:
 A shot from the other side of the room:

I'm still working on getting it in order, but it's sooooooo much better than it was on Monday!  I praise Jesus for His provision, and that He goes before me everyday.  I'm so blessed to have a wonderful grade-level team of teachers that are supportive and super helpful.

I appreciate your prayers for myself and for the students, that in the next 12 weeks, we can establish a community of learners and promote literacy and math skills!  It's essential that I get it going ASAP because once Baby comes, I'm out of the classroom until the year ends!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Vacationing in Solvang, CA

James and I decided to use some of our Christmas money to get away for a couple of days, so we drove up to Solvang on Wednesday.  It was so fun, and traffic was surprisingly cooperative!  

Before we even checked in, we stopped at Pea Soup Andersen's in Buellton for a late lunch. Honestly, I wasn't too impressed.  The one thing I really, REALLY liked was the thick chocolate milkshake.  I would've been happy with two of those in lieu of the meal.  It wasn't bad, just nothing to write home about ("Dear Mom...").

And actually, thanks!! to Mom for letting us use two nights of her timeshare at the Worldmark hotel.  The stay was lovely, and we got into town just in time for the Wednesday Farmer's Market.

Solvang is just as quaint as I remember it.  It was James' first visit there, and probably only my second.  I love all the little shops, and the bakeries - oh they smell so good!

 Aebleskivers at Solvang Restaurant

I think one of my favorite things we did was James' suggestion to drive up to Nojoqui Falls.  It's in Solvang, just south of the main drag.  After parking, you walk a short 10 minute hike and there is a beautiful waterfall that made me sigh and contemplate God's wondrous hand.

The other favorite would HAVE to be the quick stop on our way out of town of Friday - at Ostrich Land, USA.  I think the video pretty much says it all:

After that, we went to have a late breakfast-for-lunch at Du-par's Bakery & Restaurant in Oxnard.  Oh man.  I would drive back in a heartbeat for short stack of their phenomenal hotcakes!!
The end!

Happy Happy New Year!

Gosh, it's already January 9, and I haven't even posted a Christmas or New Year's update!

Well, I think it's mostly because I haven't uploaded the pictures from my camera.  But let's recap:

We celebrated early at Auntie Babsie's:

And wished Sophia a happy birthday on the 19th - Pajama Party!!

 On Christmas Eve, James and I played in the band for our service, and we teamed up with Pastor Ed from a church in Cherry Valley.  It was fun to be back up on the Worship Team at CBCMV - I've missed it a lot, but the extra rest has been really helpful lately, too.  That night, we had cornish hens for dinner, with stuffing and roast potatoes.

Christmas day was fun - James and I exchanged presents in the morning, and opened presents we received from family in the mail.  It was so wonderful, I can't wait to start using the album Dad sent us... I loved the letter "from Baby," it was really sweet.  We already have Sara's framed picture on our dresser, and we need to put up the pictures of Naomie and Olivia.

In the later morning, we joined everyone at Casa Masut for a delicious breakfast of Chinese sausage, eggs & rice.  We exchanged presents there - wow, everyone really got a lot!  We must have been extra good this year.

That night, James and I put our AMC movie gift certifs to use right away, and saw Black Swan and True Grit, with dinner at the Dragon House in between.  It was a lot of fun, and so nice to stay local.  There were a lot of people out, surprisingly, but the day still felt very intimate and cozy.

Austin's birthday was super fun - we had Dim Sum!!  Yummy!  James isn't really a fan, but that means more siumai for me!

New Year's Eve was spent at Michelle's again, Mark & Jenny weren't with us - they were braving the cold in Mammoth!  But Jon & Drea were there, and the girls danced in the new year with "Just Dance 2" and "MJ: The Experience," while the boys were in the back playing pool & foosball.  We counted down, had grapes and held money (our traditions), and toasted our cider/champagne.  Phillip made it all the way to 12:05!  I was surprised!!  Sophia did really well, too... I think the dancing definitely helped.
(Us dancing at Sophia's party... but a similar sight was to be seen on NYE)

More to come soon!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Telling the Fam

I wanted to do another quick flashback of how and when we told our families.

August 14-15, 2010

One week after I told James, we got the pregnancy confirmed at the doctor's office.  We told James' family first, calling them and telling each person the news.  It was so much fun.  It was great to hear everyone screaming with excitement and congratulations.  Naomie was hilarious because James got a hold of her at home when she answered the phone.  For those of you who haven't had the privilege of meeting Naomie, she is James' lovely 9-year-old niece.  He asked her if she was sitting down.  When she said no, he said, "Well, go get a chair."  We could hear it dragging on the floor in the background.  After she was sitting, James said, "Marilyn and I are gonna have a baby!"  Naomie shouted, "COOOOOOOL!"  It was darling.  But the part that was even better was after he was done talking to Naomie, he asked her to give the phone to Grandma, and we could hear Naomie saying, "Okay, Grandma, you have to sit down."


We told my family the next day, and it worked out that almost everyone was able to make it to dinner at Olive Garden.  

James and I called ahead and printed out special dessert menus for the family.  The manager and server were super nice and helpful!  And even though the *special* menu looked nothing like the ones they have in the restaurant, my Mom had no idea that there was something on it that she needed to see.  In fact, as we were finishing up our dinner, everyone was so full that they said they didn't want dessert!

James and I quickly said, "No, we'd like to see your dessert menu," and the server brought out our printed sheets and laid them face down on the table in front of each person.  Mark already knew something was up, but he was so good, making sure that my Mom found out on her own.  She was hilarious because she said, "I don't think I want anything, I'm so full," and she set her dessert menu down without looking at it carefully.  

We all sat there, sort of waiting, and smiling at each other... until finally Mark said, "Mom, I think you should look at all the desserts before deciding."

So she looked a little closer.
In the lower left-hand corner was a new addition to the menu:

She finally read it and looking up, said, "Oh, you're pregnant?!"  And James and I said, "Yeah!"  She jumped out of her chair, screamed and ran over to give us hugs.  

I had to take Nanay by the arm, and point it out to her.  It was so adorable.  I love my Grandmother.  Matthew and Mike were at the far end of the table.

Jon and Bryan were there, too.

Since Michelle wasn't able to make it for dinner, James and I drove over to tell her that night.

It took Sophia a minute to figure it out, but Michelle knew as soon as she read the menu.  Even Austin needed me to say, "I'm pregnant!" before he was sure what it meant!

It wasn't even a week before Michelle & my Mom were busy with baby shower planning...

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And now I'm already 26 weeks... a.k.a. 6 months along!  It's gone by so fast.  More to come soon.